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exegesis

ex·e·ge·sis

exegesis

 
 
pronunciation:
ek s ji sihs
features:
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part of speech: noun
inflections: exegeses
definition: a critical explanation or interpretive analysis, esp. of religious texts.
The professor's exegesis of a difficult passage in Pound's poetry inspired several of us to pursue the study of literature.
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derivations: exegetic (adj.), exegetical (adj.), exegetically (adv.)